≡ Menu

Evolution

Evolution

A half year ago, we talked about change. We are sure you have changed, and we hope all are well! Here is how our shop has changed:

We are still working by appointment only. This has prevented congregating in the shop, and is easier to manage giving individual assistance to customers wearing masks. We expect to continue for the foreseeable future, for everyone’s safety.

We have curtailed most outside repairs for two reasons. We quickly became overwhelmed, and our suppliers could not supply the basics, like tires and tubes! We hope that will change by the end of this year.

We have sold all of our upright bikes except for two! We have a great Marin commuter bike, 17 inch size, reduced to $499. We also have a Marin road bike (48.5 cm, small), for the same price. This will deplete our non-recumbent bikes offered at the present time. With prepayment, we can order Marin, Fuji and other brands.

We have one used long wheelbase, and four used short wheelbase recumbent two-wheeled bikes on sale. Prices vary from $700 to $2900. These bikes are in great shape and are real bargains!

We have one demo kayak left. It is a great fishing kayak from Point 65 North Sweden, dubbed the Kingfisher! It will fit in your SUV, so no trailer or rack is needed. You can stand up in it to fish, or sit and pedal, forward or backwards! Also comes with a paddle. We have an inflatable SUP by Jobe for $799, also. Price includes pump, bag and paddle!

Our inventory of recumbent trikes has dwindled from more than 50 to about 30 . . . today. Trikes rule here, and will be our mainstay in the future! The real evolution at RideSouth is electric assist trikes. That’s right, we have come full circle from our past philosophy of only human-powered machines! Customers want the assist, and Catrike has the best system we have found. We can even retrofit your old Catrike with an eCat kit!

We’re still evolving and don’t know our future. Organized rides have been put on hold. We want to plan a ride on November 7, launching from Hattiesburg. We will call it “Keep Your Distance Ride”. We plan to Launch from the Hattiesburg Gateway on the LongLeaf Trace at 10:00 AM, ride to Sumrall, and return to Hattiesburg. We hope everyone will wear a mask when not actually riding, and, well, will keep your distance! Please email us if you are interested in this ride!

Thank you for continuing to support us and continuing to believe RideSouth is The Way to Ride!

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

We are implementing a new policy at RideSouth. To limit COVID 19 exposure, we will only see you or your bike by appointment. Gloves and mask are required to enter the shop. Please call 601 992-2490 to set up an appointment for purchase or repair.

Thank You!

A Way Forward

A Way Forward

We have come a long way, BentLovers and Friends! We feel for all of you who are limited to interactions with grandkids through window panes, or worse. We have been closed now for a couple of weeks, to help prevent the virus spreading from and to our customers. We are ok, and are remaining in isolation to remain so. We sincerely hope you are, too!

Our hearts go out to all of our caregiver friends and customers. We know you take unbelievable risks, and we applaud you everyday . . . with clean hands! For a while, we took in repairs to help folks cope with the isolation and extra time on their hands, but we have curtailed that to prevent cross contamination. We have, and will continue to take calls and try to guide you through some simple repairs, via telephone.

We are considering doorstep delivery for new trikes you might be considering. Of course this will have to be discussed and the details worked out for each case. Many of you have shopped for a trike before the pandemic hit, and desperately need an outlet for solitary exercise and mental therapy. If you know of someone that could benefit from this service, please contact us. Of course all precautions will be taken to provide a clean and safe transfer.

Survival is not inevitable these days. But change is. So, we hope to change and survive. We will post reopening on our website. Until then, feel free to call us for advice and repair help over the phone or through email. If you have had your eye on a new trike, now may be the best time for it to appear on your driveway! We wish safety and health for all of you!

RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!
601 992-2490
601 291-1004 (cell)
[email protected]

Shop closed!

We will remain closed until further notice. Please check our website for updates.

Bread Ride this Saturday!

We will have an old fashioned Rise and Shine Bread Ride from the shop at 8:00 AM this Saturday! Come and join us if you want the tradition to continue! We will keep our distance and you can keep yours! We still need to ride! See you Saturday!

We have added sales to the shop floor and continue to do so every week! All Hobie items are half price and we have great deals on Greenspeed Magnums! Upright bikes are on clearance sale, and we have some fantastic deals on used recumbent bikes! There are bike and kayak racks galore priced for quick sale!

RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!

www.ridesouth.com
[email protected]
601 992-2490

Spring

Spring . . . what will it bring to you? New life, or maybe a renewal of life from the past? Sunshine and warmth will be welcomed in all cases. Enjoying the Southern outdoors goes along with Spring, and that’s where we come in!

RideSouth has a hundred bikes and kayaks that we aim to move this Spring! We have been sitting on many of them for way too long and they need new homes! We also have a couple of used kayak/bike trailers we are selling! Ask us to show them to you and make an offer!

You may have noticed we have the RideSouth Bus for sale, too. It is a Nissan 12 passenger van that has only 16,000 miles on it! Come by the shop to check it out and take a test drive! Great for large families or as a cargo van!

We think “The Roaring Twenties” will have a whole new meaning after this year becomes history! Be an integral part of history and do something worth writing about this year! Like maybe your first century, or a ride across the country! Or take small steps and make this year memorable with a personal challenge completed, whatever it may be!

We have talked about adding solar panels to our shop and are glad to report action on that endeavor last October. It is a good feeling to welcome the sunshine in a totally different way now! Great to be a part of the solution as well! We hope more of you will consider renewable energy this Spring and spend your own energy riding your bike and paddling your kayak!

RideSouth . . .The Way to Ride!
[email protected]
www.ridesouth.com
601 992-2490

Happy Place

Are current events getting you down? Are health inconveniences getting the best of you? Is the climate crisis touching you or your loved ones too closely already? Maybe it’s all overwhelming! Sometimes we all need to find a place away from it all… a happy place!

We know of one for you, and for us! It may have been for just a moment, or it could have been for your lifetime! That was the time we snapped your photo with your new bike, trike or kayak! Sure, for some there may have been some anxiety about the purchase, but in every case, there was a smile and some hope of a new adventure about to unfold in your life! At least that was the indication to us from the photo! A happy place indeed!

Now, we would like for you to revisit that place! It will take a few minutes as there are many over the years. But if you can find your photo/photos I think you will agree that you were in that happy place at that time! Many of you may still be there! Just click on the link below to go to the gallery on our website, then click the scroll arrow to see a slide show we are exceptionally proud of! Our best lifetime achievement!

Hope you enjoy!

https://bentbikeman.smugmug.com/Photos/Customers-Friends-1/

Greenspeed Magnum SALE!

Give a Magnum for THE NEW YEAR!

Greenspeed Magnum SALE $2995!! For the first time ever we are putting the wildly popular Magnum ON SALE! So, give yourself/someone else a gift that truly keeps on giving for a lifetime! To make it easy for you, for the first time, we will ship your unassembled Magnum anywhere in the US. Shipping costs will vary depending on the destination, generally less than $100. We are working on a video to help you with assembly, as the Magnum is the easiest bike to assemble we have seen. Of course, it is recommended that a bike mechanic help you with the assembly and properly fitting the chain length for your size.

This sale will go through JANUARY 6 (EXTENDED!) and is limited to blue, red or black Magnums as long as they last. The sale is for the bike only and any accessories are extra. If you pick up here, we will assemble and install any accessories you may wish to purchase from us. Here is a partial list of popular accessories:

Water bottle cage ($4.95), Water Bottle ($9.95), Mirror Post and Clamp ($29.95), Mirror ($29.95), Neck Rest ($139.95), Rear Rack ($139.95), Computer ($39.95), Rechargeable Light Kit ($99.95), Frame Pump ($44.95) and Flag (Free).

We have around fifty other trikes and two wheel recumbents of all brands that we must sell! Catrike has a sale of $200 off for some special colors! We have all of the great Catrike models on display as well! If you are in the area, this is the time to visit RideSouth. It will change you life for the better!

www.ridesouth.com
[email protected]
601 992-2490

Danger Ahead!

DANGER AHEAD! Please read the following concerning RUMBLE STRIPS ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE! It requires comments BEFORE DECEMBER 20! This would establish a precedent FOR THE WHOLE TRACE! PLEASE COMMENT TO PREVENT THIS!!!!

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=396&projectID=90961&documentID=99489&fbclid=IwAR3mMv-rNYFZ6P8KmmDXN9uhHUBdU3Tx1ecllboTd45yAgIRuNnXa8GJU3I

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=99489

Our comments:

PLEASE DO NOT PUT RUMBLE STRIPS ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE! The same results can be achieved with a dense paint that does not RUIN THE TRACE FOR CYCLISTS AND STILL ALERTS THE MOTORIST!! Rumble strips effectively TAKE SPACE AWAY FROM CYCLISTS and INTRODUCES STRESS AND DAMAGE TO BICYCLES AND RIDERS! Rumble strips hold WATER, DEBRIS, ICE AND SNOW! All of these are BAD for CYCLISTS! Rumble strips are a WASTE OF MY TAX MONEY! Most new vehicles have WHITE LINE SENSORS that keep cars centered in the roadway! The new technology works well on a solid or dashed white line! There is NO NEED TO DESTROY PERFECTLY GOOD, SMOOTH PAVEMENT for NO REASON! If you want to make the Natchez Trace safer, just REQUIRE ALL VEHICLES TRAVELING ON THE TRACE TO HAVE THEIR LIGHTS ON, FRONT AND BACK! THIS MEANS MOTORIST AND CYCLISTS, ALL THE TIME, DAY AND NIGHT!!!!! OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE REDUCED ACCIDENTS BY OVER 50% SIMPLY BY KEEPING VEHICLE LIGHTS ON!

As a bicycle shop owner and Trace rider, I represent THOUSANDS OF CYCLISTS enjoying our longest National Park on a daily basis, AS ADVERTISED! I also have repaired hundreds of bicycles that have been damaged by rumble strips. I have also been personally injured by rumble strips causing an accident. Rumble Strips are a WASTE OF MONEY, DAMAGING, DANGEROUS AND A LIABILITY TO THE PARK SERVICE!! PLEASE KEEP THE TRACE SMOOTH AND RIDEABLE!!

Natchez Trace Info:

https://www.natcheztracetravel.com

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The RideSouth shop will be closed Thanksgiving week Wednesday-Friday, to reopen Saturday. Also, if you want a new steed to help you work off the extra calories, we will be available by appointment on Sunday!

We hope you can take time to be with your family during this time. We are excited to head to Houston, TX to visit our family for a few days! You are our family as well, and we want to give thanks to you for sustaining us for twenty one years this December! It has been quite a ride!

Please visit our shop this December for some Christmas Specials we have never done before! Also, we plan to get some local riding in this Sunday. Call if you are interested in joining us for an After Turkey Ride on the Metro at 1:00 PM!

It was great fun last weekend on the LongLeaf Trace for our Celebration Ride! It started out sunny and brisk and warmed up nicely in the PM. Of course the complimentary IPA brews and pizza put everyone in good spirits for the ride back to the gateway! Thank you to all for joining us! Gary made some pics that we will upload to the website soon. Thank you Gary!

Visit us soon for specials on all inventory!

www.ridesouth.com
[email protected]
601 992-2490
601 291-1004 (cell)